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    Intel 730 Series SSD (480GB): Good performance and a strong warranty

    Posted March 3, 2014 - 3:39 pm

    Intel's new 730 series SSD has an enterprise heritage and a long warranty, but its performance is only middle of the pack.
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    The Toshiba Q Series Pro SSD delivers top performance at a discount

    Posted January 17, 2014 - 4:29 pm

    Though a couple of ticks slower than the Samsung 840 Pro, the Q Series SSDs are still top performers, and they're heavily discounted online.
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    Apricorn's Aegis 3.0 portable drive offers an SSD option for better performance

    Posted December 2, 2013 - 3:36 pm

    Though expensive for its capacity, the Apricorn Aegis Portable 3.0 external USB 3.0 drive with SSD option provides fast write performance.
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    Benchmarks don't lie: SSD upgrades deliver huge performance gains

    Posted September 25, 2013 - 12:09 pm

    An SSD can breathe new life into an old PC, but exactly how much performance do you gain? We ran the tests.
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    Transcend ESD200 review: A fast little external SSD

    Posted February 19, 2013 - 2:59 pm

    Transcend's ESD200 external SSD is fast and very portable. Unfortunately, the backup software doesn't impress.
  • Review

    Ultimate guide to SSDs (plus reviews of 7 new drives!)

    Posted December 28, 2012 - 8:42 pm

    Is your PC still relying on an old-school hard drive? Installing a solid-state drive is the best upgrade investment you can make.
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    LaCie Rugged USB3 Thunderbolt Series portable SSD is fast and affordable

    Posted November 28, 2012 - 10:19 pm

    LaCie's impressive Rugged USB3 Thunderbolt Series portable drive has all of the features that the modern media professional could want.
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    Review: Intel's Series 335 delivers more SSD for less money

    Posted October 31, 2012 - 3:19 pm

    Intel has revved up its mainstream SSD line from the Series 330 to the Series 335, and the company sent over a 240GB model for evaluation (and 240GB is apparently the only capacity it is launching this series with). The new drives feature 20nm NAND flash memory, compared with the 25nm chips in the older series, but Intel continues to use an LSI/SandForce SF-2281 controller with custom Intel firmware. The company uses the same controller in its Series 330 and Series 520 drives.
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    Hard disk drives vs. solid-state drives: Are SSDs finally worth the money?

    Posted September 18, 2012 - 11:31 am

    Three years ago, I wrote a story comparing hard disk drives to solid state drives (SSDs) based on capacity, performance and cost.
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    Crucial Adrenaline review: SSD cache drive speeds up your PC

    Posted May 10, 2012 - 11:22 am

    The Crucial Adrenaline SSD cache drive will enable you to easily improve your PC's performance for less than $100.
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    Review: Elgato's bus-powered Thunderbolt SSD

    Posted May 3, 2012 - 7:36 am

    Coming in 120GB and 240GB capacities, and priced at $430 and $700 respectively, Elgato's Thunderbolt SSD is a solid-state drive that offers a nice speed boost over FireWire 800, but is overall slower than other Thunderbolt drives we've tested. (We tested the 240GB version.)
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    Elgato's Thunderbolt SSD drive delivers speed, sticker shock

    Posted March 18, 2012 - 7:13 am

    Elgato's external SSD is the first of its kind with a 10Gbps Thunderbolt port, which enables data transfers at more than three times the speed of USB. But there are drawbacks, too.
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    Review: Intel's new 'Cherryville' SSD 520 drive

    Posted February 6, 2012 - 3:22 pm

    Intel today started shipping its fastest solid-state drive to date, the 520 Series SSD, sporting its smallest 25nm NAND flash memory and SandForce's SATA 3.0 controller with 500MB/sec-plus performance.
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    Review: Encrypted solid state drives protect laptop data

    Posted January 23, 2012 - 11:18 am

    Vendors are touting solid state replacement drives as a way to protect corporate data in the event of a laptop being lost or stolen, and to boost performance at the same time.
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    Review: Enterprise solid state drives

    Posted July 29, 2011 - 8:07 am

    As prices continue to drop and performance continues to increase, administrators with applications that are limited by storage bottlenecks should investigate SSDs. We tested five drives from Intel, LSI, OWC, Plextor and Pliant, with prices ranging from about $250 to about $8,400
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    SSD gives new 21.5-inch iMac signifcant speed boost

    Posted June 8, 2011 - 9:54 am

    In our ongoing effort to provide benchmark data to help you choose the right iMac, we now present test results from a 21.5-inch 2.7GHz Core i5 iMac with a 256GB solid-state drive (SSD). You can use these results to compare with the standard-configuration iMacs and two build-to-order (BTO) models with Core i7 processors.
  • Review

    Crucial M4 SSD

    Posted May 11, 2011 - 10:34 am

    Solid-state drives have had their share of ups and downs in the past few years. Although SSDs are definitely faster than their mechanical counterparts, they've yet to live up to the performance their specifications suggest. What's more, they can be at least eight to 10 times as expensive as their mechanical equivalents -- putting them out of range for the lower-end consumer market.
  • Review

    Intel mini SATA SSD

    Posted February 15, 2011 - 12:03 pm

    While I've reviewed many solid-state drives (SSD) in the past, I've never reviewed a mini-SATA (mSATA) SSD. So when Intel sent me one of their first such drives, the Intel Solid-State 310 (which shipped last month), I hoped it would perform like the big boys.
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    InfoWorld review: Dell iSCSI SAN sizzles with SSD, dynamic storage tiering

    Posted October 20, 2010 - 8:52 am

    The Dell EqualLogic PS6010XVS with automated storage tiering leverages fast SAS or faster SSD storage depending on workload
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    Seagate Momentus XT hybrid drive

    Posted June 14, 2010 - 10:01 pm

    Seagate Technology this month offered up its second attempt at a drive that combines NAND flash storage capacity with traditional magnetic spinning disk media. The goal is simple: better performance at a lower cost.
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    Making the best use of SSDs

    Posted April 20, 2010 - 11:32 am

    Many of the standard ways that hard drives are used may not be appropriate for SSDs. Putting SSDs in a RAID 5 array, for instance, may make the RAID controller the bottleneck in the storage system, in addition to ensuring that all the drives in the array could fail at that same time, since writes are distributed evenly over all drives, and wear-leveling algorithms on the drives cause all cells to wear evenly as well, meaning that if the drives reach their limits on writes at the same time, all the drives in an array could fail at about the same time.
  • Review

    Storage smackdown: Hard drives vs. SSDs

    Posted April 19, 2010 - 9:09 am

    Solid state drives offer substantial benefits over traditional hard drives – they are faster, more reliable, use less energy and are quieter.
  • Review

    Product review: ioSafe solid-state drive

    Posted January 5, 2010 - 6:05 pm

    The ioSafe Solo is a unique drive. It's built with a heavy-duty case that can take a beating from fire or water and your data will be safe.
  • Review

    Agility EX is a high-end SSD for the masses

    Posted October 28, 2009 - 5:27 pm

    OCZ touts its latest solid-state disk (SSD) drive, the Agility EX, as the first "truly affordable" single-level cell (SLC) NAND flash-based drive available. With a retail price of $399, it's half the price of Intel's X25-E SLC-based SSD. But paying that kind of money for 60GB still seems a bit out of the average consumer's reach.
  • Review

    Storage Appliance Clickfree Traveler SSD

    Posted September 15, 2009 - 9:00 am

    Available in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB capacities, the credit-card-size Storage Appliance Clickfree Traveler solid-state drive ($70 for the 16GB drive, as of August 31, 2009) is a great backup device for mobile users. It's small and convenient, and it comes with easy-to-use software that helps keep the headaches away. (For a detailed discussion of different approaches to data and system backups, see "7 Backup Strategies for Your Data, Multimedia, and System Files.")

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